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Scott Kaplan is a San Diego based broadcaster who provides sideline commentary and analysis, along with insider information and interviews, for Westwood One’s coverage of Sunday Night Football. Kaplan has covered the NFL for WW1 and CBS Sports as a sideline reporter for more than 10 years. He has worked on the crews of Jim Nantz, Marv Albert, Dick Enberg, Ian Eagle and Dave Simms, on television as well as radio.
In June of 2012, Kaplan was part of the start up television channel, UTTV, in association with the San Diego based newspaper UT San Diego. Kaplan currently hosts the morning show entitled 'The Scott & BR + Amber Show'.
In February 2012 Kaplan was fired from the Scott and BR Show after he made disparaging comments about the appearance of MTN Sports Network basketball announcer and Women's Basketball Hall of Fame member Andrea Lloyd-Curry.
With long time broadcast partner Billy Ray Smith, the former captain of the San Diego Chargers defense, The Scott and BR show was on the radio airwaves throughout Southern California for nearly 11 years. Prior to relocating to San Diego in 2001, Kaplan was hosting mornings at WNEW 102.7 in New York.
Kaplan helped pioneer internet radio. In 1996, Kaplan was hired by then Sportsline USA executive Ross Levihnson, (recently replaced as CEO of Yahoo!), to program a 24 hour sports talk online radio station. After two years of online broadcasting, Sportsline USA partnered with CBS Sports. Kaplan’s show, The Scott and Sid Show, was then syndicated nationally by Westwood One. Kaplan, and then on air partner, Sid Rosenberg, spent four years building their broadcast product, then relocated from the CBS Sportsline facilities in South Florida, to WNEW and the CBS broadcast center in New York. Kaplan then hosted Westwood One’s NFL Today pre game show for two seasons.
Kaplan moved from New York to San Diego in May of 2001, to team up with Smith on then, Southern California’s sports radio powerhouse, XTRA 690 AM. In late 2002, Clear Channel moved XTRA 690 from the San Diego market to Los Angeles. Kaplan and Smith teamed with the original owner and programmer of 690, John Lynch, to form The Mighty 1090.
Prior to beginning his career as a broadcaster, Kaplan was a place kicker at the University of Pittsburgh. While a player at Pitt from 1988 to 1992, Kaplan was the team’s leading scorer for three seasons. Kaplan is still an avid athlete and competitor. In 2010, Scott raced in, and completed, the ‘toughest endurance race in the world’, the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.
Kaplan is also the owner of the Great Friends Stables, a horse racing syndicate in Del Mar, CA. The GFS biggest win was the 2008 Cal Cup Classic with Mr. Chairman, who was purchased from Merv Griffin.
Kaplan is the founder of the Great Friends Foundation. The GFF, annually gives out college scholarships to the children of San Diego’s military. Currently there are six scholarship recipients attending Harvard, UCLA, UCSD and SDSU.
Kaplan and his wife Gayle, live in Carmel Valley, CA with their four children.
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